Wartsila to supply LNG power plant to Nigerian cement producer

Finland’s Wartsila said it would supply a 70 MW captive LNG power plant for BUA Group’s new Sokoto cement production plant in Nigeria.

According to a Wartsila statement, the new plant would supply energy for an off grid additional cement production line.

This follows an order for a 50 MW power plant from the same customer just two years earlier.

Wartsila said it booked this latest extended engineering and equipment order in October.

Both the current and 2019 orders feature Wartsila 34DF dual-fuel engines operating primarily with LNG, but with the flexibility to switch to fuel oil.

The new plant will operate on seven Wartsilä 34DF engines scheduled for delivery mid-2022. Wartsila said it expects the plant to be fully operational in 2023.

BUA Group, through its cement subsidiary, BUA Cement, is one of Nigeria’s largest cement producers with operations spread across Nigeria.

In addition to the environmental sustainability benefit, Wartsila expects its solution would result in fuel cost savings of about 30 percent compared to the existing power plants operating on heavy fuel oil (HFO).

Furthermore, the operational flexibility of the Wartsila engines provides future-proofing advantages enabling the potential use of energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, it said.

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